Thursday, 22 November 2018

The Classic Club - Spin #19

Time for another spin challenge from the Classic Club. The rules are simple:

  • Go to your blog.
  • Pick twenty CHUNKSTER books that you've got left to read from your Classics Club List.
  • Post that list, numbered 1-20, on your blog before Tuesday 27th November.
  • We'll announce a number from 1-20. 
  • Read that book by 31st January 2019.
I am pleased to notice that I only have 27 books to go on my 50 classics to read. After having read the 20 on my shortlist, there are only 7 to go. There are of course hundreds waiting in the line to be put on the list. One step at the time though. Here is my updated list (published and updated under Memes).

1. Washington Square by Henry James
2. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Carter
3. Daisy Miller by Henry James
4. Karin Lavransdotter by Sigrid Undset
5. Shirley by Charlotte Brontë (reading)
6. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
7. Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence
8. Child Harold by Lord Byron
9. House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
10. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
11. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
12. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
13. The Taming of a Screw by William Shakespeare
14. Jaget och det undermedvetna (Die Beziehungen zwischen dem Ich und dem Unbewußten
by C.G. Jung
15. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
16. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
17. Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
18. The Divine Comedy by Dante (reading)
19. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
20. A Writer's Notebook by Somerset Maugham

The extended dead-line gives us time to read until end of January. No excuses then! What do you have on your lists?


  1. Ah hah! I see you have The Wings of the Dove as well, though in a different place.

    Of the ones I've read on your list, I think Tom Jones is great and it would feel sufficiently chunky for the challenge.

    1. I just love Henry James. This title pops up here and there so I am curious about it. I think it is set in Venice which is nice of course.
      Most of the time I read classics on my ipad, so you don't always realise how chunky they are!

  2. lots of great ones! My favorite is your #18! I did a video on book 1:
    I still need to write something on the 2 other books

    1. Hi Emma, thank you for the link, very interesting. I am now a subscriber. I could not find a space to give a comment, so it comes here. Your version is more ambitious than mine. It is also in Swedish, but I think it is supposed to be a rather good translation, although I am sure there are newer ones. It takes time to read and understand the text, but I find it quite wonderful. I read a canto when I have 5-10 minutes in between other things, and it works well. Still on Inferno. Thank you for sharing and looking forward checking out your other videos.

  3. oh, and thanks for Calvino's quotations. I really love Calvino's books, but have not read this one, so it's now on my TBR!

    1. I just found it on a quote site, and like it. I am not familiar with Calvino's books. But, that is the good thing with the Classics club; it opens up new worlds and new authors. Will have to check him out.

  4. I remember House of Mirth very fondly, sadly, but fondly, so I wish you a Wharton this spin :-)

    1. I think I have read only one book by Wharton, but can't remember whether it was House of Mirth or The Age of Innocence. I think I have seen the film of the last book at least. Looking forward to more Wharton in the future.
      I read a book about her life in Paris, and her secret lover (if there was). I found it quite interesting; Mysteries of Paris: The Quest for Morton Fullerton by Marion Mainwaring (my review here: Also like Age of Desire by Jennie Fields (historical fiction about Wharton)
      Let's see what the spin has in line for me!

  5. I really enjoyed Death Comes for the Archbishop and Orlando, so I hope you get one of those. Kristin Lavransdatter is good too, though very sad. Good luck!

    1. Willa Carter is a name I am not familiar with, but her name pops up 'everywhere', so looking forward reading something by her. Orlando is another, so it seems, must book by Woolf. I really enjoyed her To the Lighthouse, although I think this is quite different. I started Kristin Lavransdatter last time it came up, but did not get too far. If it comes up again, well, then I really have to go for it. I am happy you like it so it will be easier to grab.

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    1. Thank you. I see you have a few goodies up your sleeve! I loved 'Picknic...'it is a wonderful, strange story. Anne Brontë's book is also great. Far ahead of her time with that one. The Old Man.. wonderful and Dashiell Hammett is unbeatable. I want to read more by Poe as well. He has a spooky twist on his stories. Good luck and I hope you get a favourite.

  7. We have The Age of Innocence in the same spot. You and I have a lot of the same books on our CC list. Wishing you luck on the spin!

  8. Thank you. Yes, seems we have quite the same taste! My book is Washington Square by Henry James! I might through in Kristin Lavransdottir, which I failed to read last time. At least that is a chunkster!